UFC 255 preview

By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

The UFC returns on Saturday with UFC 255: Figueiredo vs. Perez at the UFC Apex in Las Vegas, Nevada. This is the 10th UFC pay-per-view of the year.

Deiveson Figueiredo was initially scheduled to face former UFC champion Cody Garbrandt in the headline of this pay-per-view. However, Garbrandt was forced to withdraw from the bout with a torn bicep injury.

UFC Flyweight Champion Deiveson Figueiredo goes face-to-face with challenger Alex Perez following weigh-in before UFC 255
Deiveson Figueiredo goes face-to-face with challenger Alex Perez following weigh-in before UFC 255 (Photo by the UFC/Instagram)

He was then scheduled to face Alex Perez, who was initially scheduled to face Brandon Moreno on this car. However, since Perez is fighting Figueiredo, Moreno will now face Brandon Royval.

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This will be Figueiredo’s first fight as champion following his technical submission win on July 19, 2020, over Joseph Benavidez at Flash Forum in Abu Dhabi. Perez has not fought for a championship when he lost the TPF Flyweight Championship in a bout via a submission (guillotine choke) by Adam Antolin on November 19, 2015 in Lamoore, California.

Deiveson Figueiredo is heading into the UFC 255 main event as the favorite to win the fight over Perez with odds at -270, according to SportsBettingDime.com.

Reigning Women’s Flyweight Champion Valentina Shevchenko will face Jennifer Maia in the co-main event. This is Maia’s first title shot in the UFC.

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She was the previous Invicta FC Flyweight Champion when she defeated Vanessa Porto on March 11, 2016 by a unanimous decision. “The Bullet” has successfully defended the UFC Women’s Flyweight Championship since she won it with a win over Joanna Jędrzejczyk at UFC 231 in December 2018.

Mike Perry and Tim Means will fight in a catchweight. This bout will be at 175.5 pounds following Perry missing weight.

“I have always talked trash during weight cuts so that if I couldn’t make it, I could say I told y’aa I wasn’t sure,” Perry said in a Twitter post. “Maybe I’ve outgrown this. I did try to as for a fight at 185, but maybe I just don’t have it anymore. I’m so thankful to all the kind people at the UFC.”

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Perry comes into this fight with a one-fight win streak, as he defeated Mickey Gall in June 2020. Like Perry, Means also won his last fight, as he defeated Laureano Staropoli in August.

The fight vs. Staropoli was also at a catchweight. Staropoli missed weight so the fight was held at a 174.5 catchweight.

Women’s flyweight fighter Katlyn Chookagian will face Cynthia Calvillo. Chookagian returns to the Octagon a little more than a month after her last fight.

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She lost to Jéssica Andrade in a first-round knockout (body punches) at Flash Forum on Yas Island in Abu Dhabi. Calvillo returns to the Octagon for the first-time since June when she returned to the Flyweight Division when she defeated Jessica Eye by unanimous decision on June 13, 2020.

UFC legend Maurício “Shogun” Rua will kick off the main card against Paul Craig. Rua returns since his trilogy fight with Antônio Rogério Nogueira in July 2020 in Abu Dhabi.

This is the second time that Rua and Craig will do battle. On November 16, 2019, the two heavyweights fought to a split decision draw in São Paulo, Brazil.

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Craig won his last bout when he defeated Gadzhimurad Antigulov by a submission (triangle choke) in July 2020 in Abu Dhabi.

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